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The important thing in life is courage. Listen to this example. If the four of us are walking home over the bridge and then there was a person drowning in the water, would we have the nerve…would one of us have the nerve to dive into the icy water and save the person from drowning? It's a key question. I, of course, can't swim, so I never have to face it.

Opening scene, Manhattan by Woody Allen

I design installations that reflect on the significance of courage in one’s life - the importance of action and proactive decision-making as a revealing agent. We must step up for what we believe in, and accept that we may get hurt, proven wrong or get disappointed in the process. It goes back to the origin of political action as defined by Hannah Arendt in the Human Condition: in the Greek polis, free men stepped out and spoke in the public domain. Speaking was action. Speaking was a revelation. And in my installations, spoken words become action.

 

My work leverages automation and artificial intelligence to craft memorable interactive experiences, while fostering critical dialogue about technology's ambivalent nature.

 

Headspace, which is conceived as a series of installations, appears as an abstraction – a large soundproof white box, in an empty room, hung to the ceiling by chains. You are invited to put your head into the box. You are suddenly placed inside someone else’s head and exposed to their internal voices while you get confronted to a life-changing difficult situation and forced to take a split second decision. There is no right or wrong. Whatever direction you take, the end-result may surprise you and expose some of humans' blind corners. The artist, just like life, is pulling some unexpected levers.

 

Men can be courageous at one moment, coward the next: courage is a muscle we must keep exercising. And even those who choose the courageous path again and again cannot but wonder if under certain circumstances, they’d behave bravely or no better than a coward with good intentions. It may seem like a pointless question, but it is really the only question that defines humanity.

“Under conditions of terror most people will comply but some people will not… No more is required, and no more can reasonably be asked, for this planet to remain a place fit for human habitation.” Hannah Arendt

 

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